is there any companies that will hire me

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by MarcB, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. MarcB

    MarcB Bobtail Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Okay i am Marc i am 24 . i went to truck driving school last year. when i finished truck driving school i didn't go otr. i just drove city bus with my A license . i'm still working as a city bus driver been doing it for a year so far. i forgot what i learned in truck driving school, like backing the trailer and shifting :biggrin_25513: but i would like to go otr now to get experience, and eventually drive tractor trailers local. is it possible if a trucking company can hire me to go otr with a trainer to learn shifting and backing again? or will they say go back to school for a refresher course? i don't really have the $$ for it... do you think cr england will take me or some of the other companies.. i have my certificate and everything that i went to school for my cdl....

    1 more question. can driving a city bus count as experience in the trucking industry for some jobs cause it is a class b vehicle?? or am i wrong...

    so any suggestions .... feel free...
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  3. fishnman

    fishnman Light Load Member

    Sep 6, 2010
    Peoria ,Az
    Marc, you pretty much answered your own question. There are quite a few companies that will hire you but require you to go out with a trainer. I'd recommend doing some research on this site under both good and bad companies to work for. Then develop a comprehensive list of questions to ask recruiters. Then, place your complete d application on some of the trucking eebsites. The recruiters troll those sites, and you can expect a lot of phone calls from them. Keep an open mind, but be wary of the companies on the bad company list. Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
  4. Pahrump

    Pahrump Medium Load Member

    Well if you had a felony conviction Landstar would hire you
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  5. MarcB

    MarcB Bobtail Member

    Aug 9, 2014
  6. streetglider

    streetglider Medium Load Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    plenty of companys will hire you Just research the internet and fill out apps.. they will ring your phone off the hook
  7. fuzzeymateo

    fuzzeymateo Heavy Load Member

    May 20, 2013
    You could get hired somewhere but why??? I'm pretty sure that city bus gig will make you more money than a beginner trucking job! Not sure about Phoenix but Tucson bus drivers are Local 104 Teamsters and do a lot better than any CR Englund driver. And yes, your experience as a bus driver would count as "commercial driving experience" which is something but not too much more than that.
  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    considering he's driving a shorter vehicle with automatic. wonder what and how it would apply for experience in a commercial vehicle.
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Talk to Swift and Knight about refresher course. You're in Phoenix; they're in Phoenix. Looks like a good match. Get that behind you and shouldn't have any problem landing a local tractor-trailer job. Lots of those in Phoenix. There's intermodal and also 3 milk tanker companies. I don't think you need any cash for either company refresher course.
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  10. missjhawk

    missjhawk Medium Load Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Im positive somebody will hire u. I went 2 school and complted in late dec when I did complete there was a hiring freeze for graduates caz of new president, etc I went back to a warehouse till 2011 I didn't drive no stick since school. I did have to go thru training like u will have to and far as for shifting its like riding a bike u never forget not saying u not gone grind gears from time to time. As far as fir backing take it slow it will come get out and look a million times if u have to. I still have problems with slanted parking spots at truck stops. But if u choose to go over road pick carefully the company u train with ask how long their program is. And im sorry to say but your years driving a bus will not count for experience for combination vehicle job u may score points if u go local
  11. davenjeip

    davenjeip Medium Load Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    Port Charlotte, Fl
    I drove a short bus for a school bus company for about six months. Had taken a few years off from driving and they were the only company that would take me without recent experience. Every company I then applied to after I had been driving that bus counted it the same as if I'd been driving something with a trailer.
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